A 67-year-old Texas man died following a five-vehicle pile-up Friday afternoon north of Sulphur, state police said.
Sgt. James Anderson said the accident happened in the northbound lane of La. 27, where traffic was backed up at the Houston River Road intersection.
A Ford F-350 truck driven by 36-year-old Steven Horner, of Westlake, rear-ended a motorcycle driven by Richard Nogle, of Newton, Texas, and continued into the back of another truck, which in turn struck two more vehicles, Anderson said.
Nogle sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Calcasieu Parish Coroner’s Office. All of the other drivers involved in the crash were wearing seat belts and each sustained minor injuries.
Toxicology samples were obtained for analysis. The crash remains under investigation and charges are pending against Horner.
Nogle was the sixth motorcyclist to die in a crash investigated by Troop D this year, Anderson said.
"Inattentive and distracted driving is dangerous and is a leading cause of crashes in our state," Anderson said. :It is important for motorists to pay attention to what is going on outside of the vehicle they are driving. More information on distracted driving may be found online at the federal government’s official distracted driving website, www.distraction.gov.